Synthesis and in vitro activity of platinum containing 2-oxazoline-based glycopolymers

Lutz Tauhardt, David Pretzel, Stefan Bode, Justyna A. Czaplewska, Kristian Kempe, Michael Gottschaldt, Ulrich S. Schubert

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We report the synthesis of glyco(poly(2-oxazoline)s) functionalized with Pt(II) units for targeted tumor applications. To this end, poly(2-ethyl-2- oxazoline-block-2-(3-butenyl)-2-oxazoline) is modified with thiol-modified acetyl protected glucose and galactose, respectively, and terpyridine (tpy) units using thiol-ene photoaddition. Deprotection of the sugars with sodium methoxide and treatment with Pt(COD)Cl2 applying a mild synthesis route yields polymers with monosaccharide targeting moieties and cytotoxic Pt(II) units. The polymers and intermediates are characterized by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography. Subsequently, the hemolytic activity, induction of erythrocyte aggregation as well as the cytotoxicity against mouse fibroblast L929 cells, human embryonic kidney cells HEK 293, and human hepatocytes HepG2 are studied. The comparison to cisplatin, the standard for cancer therapy, demonstrates the potential of the presented system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2703-2714
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • biological applications of polymers
  • cationic polymerization copolymerization
  • functionalization of polymers
  • glycopolymer
  • poly(2-oxazoline)
  • ring-opening polymerization

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